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Uganda Cranes qualifies for AFCON After 38 Years of Waiting

Uganda cranes qualifying for the AFCON is a dream come true for most of the Ugandans since it has been 38 years of patience.

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This was the long awaited day for most patriotic football lovers within the pearl of Africa that have been praying for so long to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

Uganda finished second in Group D though head to head with Burkina Faso as you can see below

Team P W D L GF GA Pts
Burkina Faso 6 4 1 1 6 2 13
Uganda 6 4 1 1 6 2 13
Botswana (E) 6 2 0 3 5 8 6
Comoros (E) 6 1 0 5 2 7 3

Uganda Cranes made the Africa Cup of Nations grade for the first since 1978 following a 1-0 over Comoros at Namboole Stadium on Sunday evening.

Here are some of the Tweets congratulating the Uganda National Team.

Farouk Miya scored the all-important goal on 34 minutes, sending the over 40,000 Ugandan fans at the stadium into wild celebrations.


Burkina Faso, who defeated Botswana 2-1, topped the group with the same number of points but had a better head-to-head record. Cranes qualified for the tournament due next year in Gabon as the best group runners-up.

Almost the 43,000 fans present including the first lady Janet Kataha Museveni and many millions more in the suburbs and favelas of the CECAFA’s best footballing nation exhaled a cry of exultation, of gratitude, but especially of relief after decades of near misses.

Uganda cranes Oye!

Namboole exploded, an explosion that seemed to part the clouds that had earlier in the day set loose to irrigate the grass and cool the temperatures then.

But mostly, the defining emotion of the evening was nervousness when Joseph Ochaya hit the up right of the largely impressive towering Ali Ahamada in Comoros’ goal posts.

Uganda Cranes by and large remained the most focused team on the day full of running, great inter-play and quick off the blocks.

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